As the Legislative Branch of the UPUA, the General Assembly is comprised of elected and appointed members who serve to represent the undergraduate student body at Penn State University Park. Every academic college has one representative elected to represent the students within that college. Additionally, there are 20 At-Large Representatives tasked with acting in the best interest of all undergraduate students. Finally, there are several community group representative seats filled to provide a unique perspective to the UPUA’s General Assembly. The General Assembly researches and writes legislation in Committee, and once passed by the respective committee, the legislation is brought to the floor to be voted on by all members either as a Policy, a Resolution, or a Bill.
Speaker of the Assembly
The head and recognized voice of the General Assembly is the Speaker. They work in collaboration with the President and Vice President to develop goals for the committees as well as set the agenda for Assembly sessions. They are assisted in leading the Assembly by The Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is chaired by the Speaker and maintains the four Chairs of the Core Committees as full members. The President, Vice-President, Director of Records, Director of Communications, Chief of Staff, and Chief Justice are each non-voting members of The Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is in charge of looking over all legislation passed by the committees.
Standing Committees are subdivisions of the General Assembly tasked with creating legislation. The UPUA maintains five standing committees: four Standing CORE committees and The Sub-Committee on Outreach. The Academic Affairs Committee serves as a forum to focus student concerns regarding academia and undergraduate education. The Facilities Committee serves to better campus life for all students, specifically in regards to University facilities and structures located at University Park. The Governmental Affairs Committee oversees all matters pertaining to advocacy and relations to the government and the Penn State Board of Trustees. The Sub-Committee on Outreach is responsible for building relationships between the UPUA & the student body as well as increase inclusively on campus. To learn more about each committee click the links below:
Community Group Representatives
The UPUA strives to represent Penn State as well as possible. Our community seats are crucial to that mission. Each RSO that is vetted by the Judicial Board and confirmed by a 2/3rd vote in the Assembly gains a community group seat. Any RSO who would like to apply or reapply for a seat in the assembly can find the application here.
*In addition to the current Community Group Seats, The LGBTQA Student Roundtable and International Student Council (ISC) will have seats in the 15th Assembly
The General Assembly enlists a number of staffers to directly assist it in its duties. The Speaker has the authority to appoint, with majority approval of the UPUA, people to the Assembly Support Staff. The Parliamentarian is a member of the Support Staff that provides advice to the General Assembly on matters concerning parliamentary procedure.